New Funding to Boost Young Peoples’ Digital Creativity and Experimentation

Published: 22 Jan 2015

Time to Shine

TTS.Digital offers £450,000 to organisations and young people

Sign up to a roadshow to find out more, in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stornoway

Application Deadline: 5pm, Friday 13 March 2015

Today, Thursday 22 January 2015, Creative Scotland announces the launch of TTS.Digital, a £450,000 fund to develop young peoples’ digital creativity and experimentation. TTS.Digital is a strand of Time to Shine, Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy. The strategy sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and culture.

The purpose of TTS.Digital is to inspire digital creativity and experimentation in young people through a series of youth-led projects working with arts organisations in collaboration with technology partners.

Janet Archer, CEO, Creative Scotland said:

“We are delighted to announce TTS.Digital, a new fund to support digital projects led by young people. TTS.Digital will generate opportunities for young people to express themselves through new technologies as well as developing ground breaking relationships between arts organisations, young people and technology partners. We want to encourage innovation and challenge, connections across Scotland and potentially the wider world as well.

TTS.Digital is split into two phases. The first phase will fund up to 10 pilot projects of up to £5,000 each. These projects will be led by young people and facilitated by arts organisations in collaboration with a technology partner. The outcomes of these projects could include workshops, the testing of new technologies, experimenting with new digital languages and channels, or the creation of artworks or performances which are a work in progress.

In August 2015 we will launch phase two of TTS.Digital with an open call for larger-scale projects which build on the outcomes of the phase one pilot projects. The scale of these projects will be between £50k–£100k. Full details, guidelines and application forms for phase two will be made available by early August 2015, with applications due by 14 September 2015.

In shaping this project we have worked closely with Youth Arts Voice Scotland, a group of young people aged 14-20 who are working with Creative Scotland and Young Scot to shape the future of arts for young people in Scotland.

Between 10 February and 20 February 2015 we will be holding a series of roadshow events which will give potential applicants an opportunity to find out more about the fund and to meet other arts organisations and potential technology partners. Most Roadshow events will be held between 2pm and 4pm on the following dates at the following locations:

The events are free, but ticketed. To sign up for one of them, click on the links below.

Tuesday 10 February 2015 – The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Friday 13 February 2015 – Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Aberdeen
Monday 16 February 2015 – City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
Tuesday 17 February 2015 - Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
Wednesday 18 February 2015 – DCA, Dundee
Thursday 19 February 2015 - An Lanntair, Stornoway
Friday 20 February 2015 – Eden Court, Inverness


Notes to Editors

About TTS.Digital

All applications can be downloaded from the website here.

The budget for phase one TTS.Digital is £50,000 and the maximum award for each project will be fixed at £5,000. We anticipate awarding up to 10 projects at phase one.

The budget for phase two TTS.Digital is £400,000. We will be seeking applications for between £50,000 and £100,000.

About Time to Shine

Published on 8 November 2013, Scotland's first National Youth Arts Strategy, Time to Shine – which is centred around the three key themes of creating and sustaining engagement; nurturing potential and talent; and developing infrastructure and support - sets out a vision and key recommendations to enable Scotland’s children and young people to flourish and achieve, in and through the arts and creativity. Follow the latest from Time To Shine @TTSYoutharts.

About Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

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